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Alexander The Great In Medieval Hebrew Traditions

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The Alexander romance and the so-called Alexanderlied, are two different texts in Syriac literature. The most logical thing to be inferred from the Syriac production of the seventh century would be that the translator was a monk in one of the Nestorian monasteries lying in the northern area of Mesopotamia. The dating of the textual tradition ascribed to the Syriac versions of the Alexander romance and the Alexanderlied differ. The Alexander romance is, through a translation, the product of a textual crossroads: an original Greek text through the mediation of a Neo- Persian version. The main characters protagonizing the different episodes of the Alexander romance are part of a microcosm. The main thrust of the work is didactic. Nevertheless, its didacticism is only part of the apparatus brought together in support of a fictional historiographic type whose ultimate purpose is to obtain a dramatic story.

Keywords:Alexander; Mesopotamia; Syriac literary tradition



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